Read and enjoyed January 08, 2023

Do you ever keep your eye faithfully on the clock and still lose track of time trying to finish a book before you have to go somewhere?

Happened to me today. Promised to be there by 3 pm, eventually deciding 4 would work and surfaced from the book at 4:05. There is an hour away. It’s a good job they love me and it was no big deal. I wanted to be there to spend time with my son who is flying home tomorrow.

It was fun anyway. The last thing we did was watch the new Top Gun movie. It was good. Not best movie ever but it was worth seeing. It was nostalgic. I still have a copy of the first Top Gun.

So midnight is fast approaching and I better get on with it. As promised; here is the book I just had to finish this afternoon. Need to know kept me going. It was definitely worth the time, although the ending was abrupt and disappointing. Overall it was a very good read.

All That Really Matters (A McKenzie Family Romance)

Molly McKenzie’s bright personality and on-trend fashion and beauty advice have made her a major social media influencer. When her manager-turned-boyfriend tells her of an upcoming audition to host a makeover show for America’s underprivileged youth, all her dreams finally seem to be coming true. There’s just one catch: she has little experience interacting with people in need.

To gain an edge on her competitors, she plans to volunteer for the summer at a transitional program for aged-out foster kids, but the program’s director, Silas Whittaker, doesn’t find her as charming as her followers do. Despite his ridiculous rules and terms, Molly dives into mentoring, surprising herself with the genuine connections and concern she quickly develops for the girls–and Silas. But just as everything seems perfectly aligned for her professional future, it starts to crumble under the pressure. And as her once-narrow focus opens to the deep needs of those she’s come to know, she must face the ones she’s neglected inside herself for so long.

“In Deese’s charming fish-out-of-water tale, a social media influencer finds humility and purpose while trying to find fame. . . . Deese combines to great effect her bracing take on those affected by foster care and Molly’s personal evolution. Fans of Rachel Hauck should take a look.”–Publishers Weekly

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Happy reading!

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